ANNUAL MEETING FRIDAY JUNE 5 AT OUR “NEW HOME”   Please note on your calendar that our Annual Meeting has been changed from the Wilton Library to the Emmanuel Episcopal Church at 286 Lyons Plain Road.  We are thrilled to have the use of a beautiful hall where we now have our Mason Hamlin piano.  Our meeting will run from 10-1 and will include lunch for our members and their guests.  The Annual Meeting is a wonderful way to introduce the Schubert Club to prospective members.  There is no charge for members or for their guests.

Sylvia Corrigan is now accepting applications for people who wish to perform at the annual meeting.

The directions are easy- the scenery is beautiful- and the distance from the Merritt Parkway is only four miles:

Driving directions:  Take the Merritt Parkway to exit 42 and turn right (heading north) at the exit light.  Turn right at the second light on to Lyons Plains Road.  You will pass the Uniterian Church on the right.   Be sure to stay left at the fork in the road and stay on Lyons Plain Road.

Clock three miles on your odometer- you will see the Emmanuel Episcopal Church on your right.  Go past the church and make a right into a large parking lot.  The Community Building is directly ahead of you.  That is our new “home.  Bienvenue

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Shari Weisz brought Azusa Ueno to lecture on Charles Griffes, a little know American composer who died at the age of 36, but who created some very interesting music suitable for an advanced piano student.  Azusa is a remarkable lecturer and pianist, and the presentation was excellent.

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We welcome  new donations to the Awards fund from Sandra Murphy, Penny Mardonian, and a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.   We realize that the funds that were initially donated to the club for the awards have long been exhausted.  If anyone wishes to donate to the club, or to the awards, it would be welcomed and appreciated.  All donations are tax deductible.   Please check if there are matching funds from a corporation that you are associated with- in many cases, the donation is matched, doubling one’s contribution.

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Steinway Piano at Westport would like the Schubert Club to become an official partner of Steinway, in exchange for support with YMF and perhaps advertising support.  In return, Steinway would like to have the Schubert Club help to advertise their sales promotions, and help to sell their pianos.   I plan to have this discussion at the next board board meeting.  All members are welcomed and encouraged to attend board meetings, held at Christ and Holy Trinity Church, 55 Myrtle Avenue, Westport.  Our next meeting is Monday, May 11 at 10 am.

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If one can find the film, “Seymour, an Introduction” by Ethan Hawke, I urge you to see it.  I’ve seen it twice and met Seymour at a concert last week.  He has become a star at the age of 87.  He stresses the importance of music and life, and making music not influenced by what other people think.

He eloquently emphasizes that teaching has been as important way of giving as having a musical performing career, which he gave up at the age of 50. The movie is currently playing at the theater in NYC at Broadway and 64th Street- I hope it is released in art theaters in Connecticut.

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The Wendy Tisch Concert will be held Saturday, November 14 at the Greenwich Library, Cole Hall with pianist Awadagin Pratt.  Last years concert was all but sold out, as was the Richard Goode concert.  This will be an excellent concert for your students, and we are planning on reducing the student price in order to have more young people and aspiring pianists attend this concert.

Nancy Weber has done an amazing job on publicity for the past two years, but is moving on to other projects.  She will coach and help anyone who would like to take on the publicity job for the Tisch Committee.  We have all the lists of contacts, we have a poster, we will help anyone who is willing to make the publicity happen.

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We still need a Treasurer for the Schubert Club.  A treasurer will attend board meetings, write some checks, gather information about our investments, which is easy with the internet, and stay in close touch with Jacqui Williams, who is doing most of the work.  I hope I’m doing an adequate job as president, but am not happy doing the treasurers work.  I haven’t balanced my own checkbook in 25 years- I don’t like writing checks or paying bills- I know there must be some well organized person in our club that will step forward to become treasurer.